The Fort Hays State volleyball team came up short against Missouri Western on Saturday (Oct. 12), falling in three sets (11-25, 25-27, 13-25). The Tigers move to 6-11 on the year and 3-6 in MIAA play, while the Griffons are now 10-6 overall and 4-4 in league action.
Delaney Humm led the Tigers with 11 kills while adding eight digs and matching her season high with four blocks. Isabelle Reynolds added eight kills with Morgan West chipping in six. Emily Ellis and Morgan Christiansen led the way with five blocks each. Katie Darnell tossed up 24 assists alongside three digs, one block and one kill. Madison Miller and Abbie Hayes paced the team with 10 digs apiece.
The Tigers posted a .067 attack percentage in the match while totaling 10 blocks and 45 digs on defense.
After falling behind early in the opening set, the Tigers kept pace in the second frame. After the teams alternated points to a 7-7 tie, FHSU scored five of the next six points to force a Griffon timeout. West was a key to the big run, picking up three blocks and one kill in that span.
Missouri Western stormed back with an 8-2 run to retake the lead, 16-14. The Tigers fought back to tie the score seven more times in the set, but the Griffons never allowed FHSU to go back in front. Two Tiger errors allowed the Griffons to take a 2-0 lead into the locker room.
The Tigers head back out on the road next week when they travel to play Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State. The road trip opens with a Friday night (Oct. 18) matchup in Joplin, Mo. against MSSU, with the first serve set for 6 p.m.